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CARROLLTON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Delta towns Carrollton and North Carrollton are seeking legislative approval to implement new 2 percent restaurant taxes. If passed by the legislature, the decision would be put to a referendum vote, needing 60 percent approval from its citizens before enacting. Carrollton Mayor Pamela Lee said the taxes would mirror those of nearby towns, and she believes they would benefit tourists and residents.

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Organizers say they hope to open a Mississippi Maritime Museum in 2020, but the project still needs money. The museum will be in the math and science building of the old Pascagoula High School. The president of the museum board, Terry Bollman, says more than $4 million is needed before the museum opens

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Casino revenue took a nosedive across Mississippi in 2018's first month, falling sharply along the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River. State Revenue Department figures released last week show gamblers lost $151 million statewide in January, down almost 9 percent from January 2017's $166 million. Receipts fell 7 percent to $92 million at the 12 coastal casinos. The 16 river casinos posted winnings of $59 million, down more than 12 percent from $67 million in January 2017.

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - One road through a Civil War battlefield in Mississippi has been closed because heavy rainfall caused erosion. Officials at the Vicksburg National Military Park found the problem Thursday near the museum of the USS Cairo, an ironclad gunboat.

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